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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities, & Funding: Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe, & Asia, and more. SpectorDance’s Choreographer’s Showcase, CA; BAC Open Spring 2022 Residency, NYC; Halcyon Flagship Residential Fellowship, DC, USA; Internationale Tanzmesse 2022 Call for Proposals, GERMANY; Kulturfactory, ITALY; ACT Festival Open Call, SPAIN; Dance Bridges Festival Open Call, INDIA; YPAM Fringe 2021 Open Call, JAPAN: Ensibuko Arts Festival, UGANDA


New Works & Events: Fall for Dance Festival New York, USA; The Body/Mind Festival, Poland; Oslo International Dance Festival, Norway; Young Choreographers of the Hamburg Ballet, Germany; Autumn Draft Works at Royal Ballet, UK.  New works by Edyta Kozak, Jacek Przybylowicz, and Magda Jędra in Poland, David Dawson in the Nederlands; Mats Ek and Ana Laguna, in Sweden and NYC.


Trending: Cars and Choreography!


New Movies: "West Side Story", directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, the creative team includes Tony Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer, and Tony Award winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film. In Balanchine's Classroom, directed by Connie Hochman, a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. 


New Books: The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet, 1st Edition by Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel (Editor), Jill Nunes Jensen (Editor), Oxford University Press, 2021. The book looks at the many ways ballet functions as a global practice in the 21st century, providing new perspectives on ballet's past, present, and future.










ARIZONA: Company choreographers are invited to apply for the Wickenburg Residency with the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work, or collaborate with other artists, free from everyday pressures. These residencies are intended for chamber dance companies. Previous dance companies have included American Ballet Theatre II and Northwest Dance Theatre. Residencies are up to three weeks and the average number of artists in residence at a time ranges between one and five. The application is open to U.S. artists. Rolling deadline. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: SpectorDance’s Choreographer’s Showcase offers dance makers opportunities to share their art and audiences the chance to experience a variety of original, cutting-edge work. Choreographers' showcase will focus on the power of dance to inform, promote dialogue, and be a galvanizing vehicle for change. The showcase will run between February 4-6, 2022. Apply by October 21, 2021. Visit:


GEORGIA: The Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University invites two nationally emerging or mid-career choreographers to apply for a four-week residency to create two world premieres on the KSU Dance Company. The resident choreographers receive a $5,000 honorarium. Housing, travel, and per diem are included. Apply by October 30, 2021. Visit:


MARYLAND: USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S.-based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theater. Apply by December 1, 2021. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTS: National Dance Project (NDP) Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S.-based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors to connect in person to explore the feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Rolling deadline. Visit:


MICHIGAN: Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival is calling for submissions in the live performance, youth live performance, alternative spaces live performance, screendance, and movement installation categories.  Apply by October 10, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Baryshnikov Art Center is now accepting applications for BAC Open Spring 2022 Residency. The residency will take place between June 6-July 2, 2022. Apply by October 25, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Shubert Foundation supports not-for-profit professional dance companies in the United States. The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects. Apply by October 14, 2021Visit


NEW YORK: Fertile Ground is a non-curated showcase for emerging and/or established artists produced with full production values. This series offers an excellent opportunity for participants to share new and developing work and receive informative feedback in a supportive environment. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full. Visit:


NEW YORK: Mark DeGarmo Dance’s Salon Performance Series is accepting applications for a unique opportunity to view and engage with original performing arts and dance works-in-progress of DeGarmo and guest artists. Rolling deadline. Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: Opine Dance Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates dance filmmakers locally, nationally, and internationally who are creating meaningful work. The festival is interested in short dance films that speak to wider themes of identity, defying conventions, crossing borders, and pushing boundaries. Apply by December 17, 2021. Visit:


WASHINGTON DC: During the Halcyon Flagship Residential Fellowship, a diverse cohort of fellows receives free residency and workspace, mentorship and leadership coaching, robust support from business consultants, and a living stipend to develop their entrepreneurial vision. Apply by October 8, 2021. Visit:






AUSTRALIA: Channelled Impulse is a dance residency that invites two choreographers to work with 6 emerging dance artists each. Over a two-week period, the choreographers are able to collaborate and experiment while honing their craft and creating a new work that will culminate in a public showing. The residency will take place between December 6-17, 2021. Apply by October 25, 2021. Visit:


BELGIUM: i-Portunus, a short-term pilot project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, is calling for submissions. The program provides financial support to artists of all ages, nationalities, educational qualifications, and levels of experience who legally reside in participating countries. Apply by October 3, 2021.


BRAZIL: Casa Na Ilha Art Residency Program is based in a colonial house on the Island of Ilhabela, Brazil. The residency program is an initiative to provide a space to encourage creativity and the exchange of ideas among artists from different disciplines. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit:


GERMANY: The Internationale Tanzmesse 2022 is calling for proposals.  The Tanzmesse provides marketing and production support, but not travel. You may apply to USArtists International for artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping, and visa preparation. Those who have contacted them prior may apply by November 15, 2021. Visit:


GERMANY:  Dance-tech at Lake Studios Berlin is accepting applications for its dance-tech artist-in-residence program. The program is a self-generated residency offering an experience in collaborative living and creation. Residents will have the opportunity for artistic exchange and access to inside information about the dance scene in Berlin while enjoying a unique living and creative working space. Rolling deadline. Visit:


GREECE: The Mudhouse Residency is designed to provide a cultural immersion. Mudhouse Residency 2022  is accepting applications for the 2022 residency season. Apply by October 15, 2021. There will be three sessions in the Summer of 2022: June 6 - June 20 and the June 27 - July 11 and July 18 - August 1. The application process is free and open to all.  Visit:


HUNGARY: SzólóDuó is looking for short new dance videos. The films can be recorded by a mobile phone, camera or film camera if their topic is related to Body_Dance_Picture. Apply by December 20, 2021. Visit:


INDIA: Euphoric is a two-week movement workshop and performance practice, followed by a performance. It is organized by the Play Practice Residency and is going to take place between October 11-22, 2021. Visit:


INDIA: The Fourth Edition of the Dance Bridges Festival in Kolkata is scheduled to take place sometime in October 2021. The exact dates will be adopted evolving the pandemic situation. The Festival will be mostly digital with an artistic program (by invitation only). Visit:


ITALY: Kulturfactory is the new spot for contemporary artists. A residency program that runs all year long. Application to the program is made through an email request including examples of work and CV information, as well as inviting applicants to detail what they hope to achieve. Apply by October 31, 2021. Visit:


JAPAN: YPAM Fringe 2021 will run from December 1-19, 2021. It is an open-call festival that invites registrations of performances and projects to be carried out in Yokohama and Tokyo during the period of YPAM. As an opportunity for promotion, it can be boosted by participating also in the exchange program of YPAM. There is no selection process, and it does not offer financial support. Apply by October 14, 2021. Visit:


NEW ZEALAND: The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports New Zealand professional arts companies, events, and organizations to deliver projects that will grow New Zealanders’ awareness and knowledge of Asian arts. Apply by October 11, 2021. Visit:


SPAIN: ACT Festival call opens annually from July 13 through December 13, 2021. To participate, send a video of a completed piece, a work in progress, or a rehearsal, but not a teaser. The final piece must be 30 minutes maximum, without exception. Apply by December 13, 2021. Visit:


SWITZERLAND: The WE-Open Call invites proposals from artists who want to take creative risks, explore new ideas, develop an educational project, create new work, explore new styles, and more. Apply by October 4th, 2021. Visit:


UGANDA: Ensibuko Arts Festival, an annual arts gathering at the heart of the historical jinja city, will be held on October 16 & 17, 2021. The festival brings together people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to exchange knowledge, artistic skills, and life experiences, but also to showcase and market their work. The festival provides artists with a platform for joint learning, exhibitions, performances, and knowledge exchange to open opportunities for local and international creatives. Rolling deadline. Visit:










NEW YORK: The reimagined Gibney Company expands the definition of what a contemporary repertory company can be. The new collective of 12 powerhouse performers takes the stage with three moving, technically stunning world premieres. The performance will take place at the Joyce theater between November 2-7, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet in its 28th season The Joyce with its signature boundary-breaking style. The evening features the world premiere of Snatched Back from the Edges, a stirring testament to the indelible human spirit set to a diverse soundtrack of spoken word from the film “Black is Beautiful,” and music ranging from Beethoven and Jessye Norman to Aloe Blac and gospel legends Shirley Cesar and Yolanda Adams. The performance will take place between November 16-28, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce with four dazzling new works highlighting the company’s 36-year history of delighting audiences. The performance includes two David Parsons premieres: The Road and Balance of Power, a solo created for the “near-perfect” (The New York Times) Parsons dancer Zoey Anderson. Also on tap are two world premieres Past Tense, an evocative full-company work by BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan, and Chanel DaSilva’s On The Other Side. The performance will take place between November 30-December 12, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Two contemporary choreographers create their first main stage works for New York City Ballet. Andrea Miller, founder of the Brooklyn-based company GALLIM, and Sidra Bell, who has established a high international profile for the founder of Sidra Bell Dance New York. The performance will take place between October 1-12, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Whilst & My Letter, two never-before-seen solos from Swedish choreographer Mats Ek and dancer Ana Laguna, his wife, offer a personal response to feelings of isolation brought on by the global pandemic. Periods of quarantine during fall 2020 and winter 2021 spurred a heightened sense of the passage of time, fueling the legendary duo's artistic practice and leading to dance works created and filmed at their country home in Northern Sweden. The program includes a recorded conversation with the artists and dance writer Jann Parry. Free of charge. The world premiere of the streaming will run through October 4-14, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Baryshnikov Arts Center presents Other Places of Being by Sooraj Subramaniam. World Premiere commissioned by BAC will be digitally presented between November 1-15, 2021. Belgian-based Sooraj Subramaniam and Kuala Lumpur-based January Low explores their parallel experiences of the Odissi Indian classical dance form. Free of charge. Visit:


NEW YORK: Fall for Dance Festival this year offers multiple new commissions: Providing artists with valuable opportunities to create new works, four New York City Center commissions will be presented by tap dance superstar Ayodele Casel, modern dance legend Lar Lubovitch for New York City Ballet principal dancers Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon, and The Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstruction of a series of dances based on trios originally created for Tony Award-winning actor and dancer Gwen Verdon and feature New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin. The fourth, a co-commission with Vail Dance Festival, will be created by sought-after choreographer Justin Peck for New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck and American Ballet Theatre principal Herman Cornejo. More:







DENMARK: Taneli Törmä’s new work Survivors will premiere on October 5,  2021. It is a dance performance for two actors, invites the audience into a tragicomic loop that pursues the all too human feeling of constantly wearing oneself out without really knowing why and for whom.  Visit:


FINLAND: Susanna Leinonen is one of the most internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographers. Her company is celebrating its 20th anniversary year. Susanna Leinonen Anniversary piece BODY will premiere in Espoo City Theatre on November 26,  2021. Watch:


FRANCE: Paris Opera Ballet will present a program which combines two great repertoire classics and new work. Former dancer and artistic collaborator of the Batsheva Dance Company, Sharon Eyal reinterprets an emblematic work of the Ballets Russes, L’Après-midi dun faune, in her first creation for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, to music inspired by Debussy’s legendary score. The performance will run from November 29- January 2, 2021. Visit:


GERMANY: Young Choreographers of the Hamburg Ballet will return to the stage with their own creations. The performance will take place on October 23&24, 2021. Watch:


GERMANY: This new multi-part ballet evening will display the entire artistic spectrum of the Semperoper Ballett under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin is a versatile programme that ranges between classical and neo-classical ballet as well as contemporary dance. The program includes works by William Forsythe, David Dawson, Jorma Elo, and Marius Petipa, The evening closes with a new work by the young American choreographer Nicholas Palmquist. The world premiere will take place on October 5, 2021. Visit:


JAPAN: Tokyo ballet will present the world premiere of Kaguyahime, by Jo Kanamori. The ballet is based on a Japanese traditional tale. The premiere will take place on November 6, 2021Watch:


NEDERLANDS: The first NDT 2 programme of the season The play between presents two new voices to Nederlands Dans Theater that are idiosyncratic storytellers in their own right who will both present two new world premieres. The premiere will take place on November 4, 2021. Visit:


NEDERLANDS: Skin of the mind is a world premiere by Alan Lucien Øyen, an exciting new voice within the company who will debut his first work with NDT 1. Additionally, the opening program of the 2021-2022 season features the return of choreographic duo Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, an important work in the NDT oeuvre that will be presented in an expanded version with a larger cast. The performance will take place until October 9, 2021. Visit:


NORWAY: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt is proud to announce their new project HOJOTOHO! in collaboration with CODA Oslo International Dance Festival. The world premiere will be on October 22, 2021, at Dansens Hus. The performance is based on the artwork by artist Vanessa Baird. Visit:


POLAND: On October 1, 2021, the ballet company of The Baltic Opera in Gdańsk will present to its audience the new version of a famous ballet by Sergei Prokofiev Cinderella in new choreography by Izabella Sokołowska Boulton and Wojciech Warszawski, who is also the ballet director of the company.  In Gdansk's version, the classical story will be told in contemporary language and its main heroine won’t be any more a poor passive girl whose life changes because of magic but a strong young woman, who, using her own inner powers, changes her life for the better.  Visit:


POLAND: The newest premiere of The Polish National Ballet is the music of Polish composers Wojciech Kilar and Karol Szymanowski and its main idea is the motif of movement, travel, and searching for your place. The double bill of Exodus/ Flights - Harnasie will take place on November 13, 2021. Visit:


POLAND: Sir Twardowski is a ballet composed by Polish composer Ludomir Rozycki. Its plot is based on one of the most famous Polish legends about allegedly the first Pole on the Moon. This ballet is very popular in Poland and was staged very often. This year passes one hundred years since its world premiere, sir Twarowski references Polish national dances and also folk dances of other nations. The performance will take place on November 26, 2021. Visit:


POLAND: Between October 1-17, 2021, The Body/Mind Festival will take place in Warsaw. It is one of the oldest dance festivals in Poland promoting independent and the most innovative tendencies in modern dance and choreography. In this edition among other events of the festival, the audience will see three premiers by Edyta Kozak( who is also the festival’s artistic director), Jacek Przybylowicz, and Magda Jędra. Visit:


POLAND: In the autumn edition of the festival which will take place on October 10, 2021, in Gdansk audience will have the opportunity to see brand new productions of three artists connected with the tri-city dance scene: My hopelessness by Joanna Wojna, Resilience by Kalina Porazinska and Artur Grabarczyk and Mirroring by duet Hertz Haus. Visit:


SWEDEN: KORDA Art in Motion Dance Company creates new dance pieces every season for indoors and outdoors, theatres and galleries. In a flow of dance, music, image, and film relating to animals, objects, visual art, nature, and in one with the audience. KORDA will premiere the dance piece The Child - Choreographed Book – 2021, based on the début novel ”This short moment” by Lena de Veen, on October 21, 2021. Visit:


SWEDEN: Vinterresa (Winter Journey) is a new work by Finnish choreographer Carl Knif for dancer Madeleine Månsson. The starting point of the solo is Franz Schubert's song cycle Winterreise based on Wilhelm Müller's poems. The world premiere will take place on October 9, 2021. Visit:


UK: Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a tantalizing triple bill, including two recently premiered works and the world premiere of a new pas de deux created especially for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri. The performance will take place between November 4-6, 2021. Watch:


UK: Royal Ballet presents Autumn Draft Works, which gives audiences an opportunity to see new creative processes at work. Encouraging fresh thinking and giving insights into rising talent, these programmes bring together a sample of new choreographic ideas from Royal Ballet dancers and guest collaborators as well as from the newly appointed Royal Ballet Emerging Choreographer. The performance will take place between November 17&18, 2021. Visit:


UK: Renowned choreographer Akram Khan returns to Sadler’s Wells with a full-length production for English National Ballet to follow the success of Giselle in 2019. Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation, and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging. The performance runs until October 2, 2021. Visit:


ONLINE: Dutch National Ballet presents Metamorphosis by David Dawson. This new ballet is available to watch for free until October 29, 2021Watch:






From time to time choreographers face projects engaging commercial entities, various industry and businesses to support enterprises or at least two collaborate in creative ways. What do cars have to do with choreography and art? Well. There are many ways to connect car and dance – with a product and as a tool for advertisement, vas a subject in visual art, as a  fo the stage prop, or by simply making the cars dance. Here are a few examples:




The Maserati MC20, an immediately iconic car, is the start of a new film made with Vogue Italia. Dance is at the center of this collaboration, which pays tribute to performance – in every sense – and the performers getting us all back into gear. Creative direction VOGUE ITALIA, Directed by Alice Fassi, Choreographer Macia del Prete





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2) Introducing BMW Open Work artist Madeline Hollander – The American artist discusses cycling global clocks, choreography, and the importance of collaboration in thinking about alternative energy resources ahead of BMW Open Work 2020. Source Link and Video:


3) Dancing with the Cars | Vine Star Amymarie Gaertner Has A Field Day



4) Lowrider Car Dancing!!








Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story". Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story,” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer, and Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film. From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release “West Side Story” in U.S. theaters on December 10, 2021. Trailer:


“West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.


In Balanchine’s Classroom takes us back to the glory years of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer, taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: What was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated?




Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process. 


Directed by Connie Hochman, In Balanchine's Classroom is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. Opened in theaters on September 17. Visit for more.





The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet, 1st Edition by Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel (Editor), Jill Nunes Jensen (Editor), Oxford University Press, 2021. Purchase at:


In distinction to many extant histories of ballet, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet prioritizes connections between ballet communities as it interweaves chapters by scholars, critics, choreographers, and working professional dancers. The book looks at the many ways ballet functions as a global practice in the 21st century, providing new perspectives on ballet's past, present, and future. As an effort to dismantle the linearity of academic canons, the fifty-three chapters within provide multiple entry points for readers to engage in balletic discourse.


With an emphasis on composition and process alongside dances created and the assertion that contemporary ballet is a definitive era, the book carves out space for critical inquiry. Many of the chapters consider whether or not ballet can reconcile its past and actually become present, while others see a ballet as flexible and willing to be remolded at the hands of those with tools to do so.










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